Iran Signs Free Trade Agreement With Eurasian Economic Union in Move That is Healthy for Iran, Russia and Pakistan

Iran has just signed an agreement to enter a three year provisional free trade agreement with the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). According to EAEU official Tigran Sargsyan, “The temporary agreement stipulates an effective dispute settlement mechanism, including arbitration… It also creates a joint committee of high-ranking officials and establishes a business dialogue”. The EAEU’s current members …

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From “Bandwagoning” Against Eurasia to “Circling the Wagons” in the Center of It

The International Relations theories about the Balance of Power and Regional Security Complexes don’t sufficiently explain the simultaneous emergence of three distinct but interconnected power blocs in Eurasia, which is why the new concept of “Circling the Wagons” is being proposed to account for it. The end of the Cold War radically changed International Relations …

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21st-Century Paradigm Shift in Eurasia: Towards a New Trilateral – China, Russia and Pakistan

The post-Cold War strategic landscape in Eurasia saw the emergence of the Multipolar Trilateral of Russia, India, and China in the late 1990s and early 2000s, brought about by the dedicated diplomatic efforts of Russia’s former Foreign Minister Yevgeny Primakov. These three Great Powers would later form the basis for BRICS, and the pragmatic relations …

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Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif Invites Pakistan and China to Invest in Chabahar

Iran’s influential Foreign Minister Javad Zarif is in the midst of a three day visit to Pakistan where he has been warmly welcomed by officials in Islamabad. One of the sticking points between the two countries, is a myth perpetuated in the Indian media that New Delhi’s investment in Iran’s Chabahar Port on the Gulf of …

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Iran Joining the Eurasian Economic Union Would be a Boost for Iran-Pakistan Relations

Iranian officials are in discussions with their Russian counterparts about finalising agreements regarding Iran’s future membership of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). The Eurasian Economic Union is an economic single market of nations established in 2015, with the aim of harmoniously re-uniting the diverse economies of the wider Eurasian space and beyond. The EAEU’s current …

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Pakistan Takes Wind out of India’s Sails by Turning North-South Transport Corridor Into One Belt–One Road

The North-South Transport Corridor is a joint initiative of nations who have built and continue to expand shipping and road links between South Asia, Northern Eurasia and Europe. The map below shows the basic route which beings with a shipping lane between India and Iran’s Chabahar Port on the Gulf of Oman, before travelling north …

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Afghanistan Ready to Play Connector Role in Eurasian Integration

One of the top roller-coaster sagas in what, some years ago, I christened Pipelineistan, has yielded a definitive twist. The US$8 billion,1,814-kilometer Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India pipeline (TAPI) was officially inaugurated on Friday, in full pomp, and with proceedings broadcast live on Afghan TV, on the Turkmen-Afghan border close to Herat. Afghanistan’s President Ashraf Ghani hosted Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan …

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New Delhi’s US-Backed “Chinese Containment” Strategy in the Afro-Indian Ocean

India’s American-backed anti-Chinese “containment” strategy seeks to have New Delhi establish control over crucial nodes along the Sea Lines Of Communication (SLOC) in the Afro-Indian Ocean, but the country’s plans are being thwarted by China’s ingenuity in crafting asymmetrical workarounds to these future chokepoints. Background Dynamics Make no mistake about it, there’s a New Cold …

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First Direct Shipment of Seafood from Pakistan to China Marks CPEC Milestone

While seemingly mundane to those unaware of the logistics involved, the first direct shipment of seafood from Pakistan’s Gwadar Port to Urumqi in Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, is a history making endeavour for both sides. Previously, the only way to realistically ship seafood products to north west China was by freighting the goods …

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